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Trident families welcome report

The Trident sank in 1974 with the loss of seven crew

The families of seven men who died when a Peterhead trawler sank in 1974 claim they have been vindicated by a new report on the tragedy.

Relatives have always maintained that the Trident was unstable, rather than it solely being swamped by a wave.

A report prepared for the Advocate General for Scotland concludes seakeeping characteristics of the boat, plus weather conditions, were factors.

It follows an underwater survey of the Trident, which sank off Caithness.

BBC Scotland revealed families had received the report on Friday.

A new inquiry is thought likely to go ahead in Aberdeen later this year following a procedural hearing due to take place in June.

The wreck of the Trident was discovered by amateur divers.

Lawyer Max Gold, who represents some of the families involved, said of the development: "It's absolutely vital, we have been waiting for this for some time."

He said of the procedural hearing: "Dates for the inquiry should be set.

"This is a major step forward."

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